Using Dice in the Kindergarten Classroom

          Read to the bottom to find the FREE              Roll & Cover Game for 4th of July!

I've been thinking a lot about dice lately. When I thought I was going to teach 1st grade, I made a lot of roll & cover addition & subtraction games - one for virtually every theme I teach. Here are a few of my latest:
 "Where the Wild Things Are" to go with my new classroom theme.

Groovy Cat to go along with my Eric Litwin author study.

Ocean Friends to go along with my Commotion in the Ocean theme.

For my addition games, the numbers go up to 12. I can either give my kiddos two dice with the pips instead of numbers so they can practice counting the pips and then identify the corresponding number:

Or I can give them a 12 sided dice like the ones that come in a set and have them just practice number matching:

They even have those polyhedrals in foam for quiet play :)

The polyhedral dice have 4, 8,10,12, and 20 sided dice in each set.  I can think of a lot of fun games you could play with dice (counting cubes to be politically correct lol) even aside form Roll & Cover! In order to store them all easily, I got one of those plastic compartmentalized boxes at Hobby Lobby.
 Now I just have to get my kids to sort my dice for me :)

And of course, Roll and Cover games are just the tip of the iceberg for using dice as a math manipulative! 
This Math Centers pack has 10 easy center activities using dice or playing cards!

Since the 4th of July is coming up, I made an abbreviated Roll & Cover game for the occasion. I figured it would be useful for anyone teaching summer school or year-round school (shudder!). My kids also enjoy playing these - even though it's a bit easy for my two oldest lol, still it's a good way to get them to sit down and play quietly with their younger siblings! I plan to just throw the game boards in by bag along with a set of dice and then we have an easy take-along game for barbecues/picnics etc to help keep the kids occupied while waiting on food or fireworks! It's up for free in my TPT store if you'd like to grab it :)


Lisa R. said...

My kids love roll and cover math games! Thanks for sharing the freebie! :)

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Cupcake said...

Your games are so cute!!
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Kelley Cirrito said...

These look like fun!!

Jessica Ann Stanford said...

Your game boards and graphics are adorable!

Jessica Stanford
Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog
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Miss Nelson said...

I love dice and super cute games! I was in Utah not long ago and found a toy store that had 100's of different dice. They were only $.25 each.

Meredith said...

Your kinders can totally handle it! I started my students playing roll and cover games in August and they loved them-you're right that you do have to let them start out using a 12-sided dice or 2 dice with dots they can count up. After a few months though, I bet most of your kids will be ready to try adding 2 number from dice (esp. if they can use manipulatives). It was wonderful when I finally got around to formally teaching addition in April and my students already knew how from playing our center games!
P.S. SO glad you are coming back to kinder!

Miss Parsons said...

Thanks! I always love your graphics!!! How is the organizing going?

School Sparks Renee said...

Love your roll and cover games. Love foam dice, too!! :) Renee

Kara said...

I love dice games! Thanks for the freebie!


Jacque said...

I just had to feature this on my "Featured Freebie Friday"! It is so adorable, and fun for the kiddos!

Thanks so much for sharing with all of us!

Jacque @ Mommy and Me Creations

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